A Tibetan doctor who had previously studied under the Tibetan Scholarship Program from the Stony Brook University has been awarded the Public Health Program’s 2018 Norman H. Edelman Alumni Achievement Award in New York according to the reports. The honorary awarded was presented to the Tibetan doctor during the convocation ceremony at the campus of the university.
“A Tibetan doctor currently working with the Zero TB program of the Central Tibetan Administration was honored with the Stony Brook University-Public Health Program’s 2018 Norman H. Edelman Alumni Achievement Award in New York on Thursday.” said the report in Phayul.com.
While expressing his gratitude and honor for conferring the award upon him, Dr. Kunchok Dorjee also explained about how the opportunity to study at the Stony Brook under the Tibetan Scholarship Program by United States government empowered his commitment toward the public health.
“The education I received and the overall experience I gained at Stony Brook opened me up, gave me a global perspective of things and reinforced my commitment to public health. Everything I learnt then during my education here, I am using now in my daily work,” said Kunchok in his address to the convocation
Dr. Dorjee is currently working with the Zero TB program of the Central Tibetan Administration, is a physician and an epidemiologist, works on a range of infectious diseases such as TB/MDR-TB, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C, etc. and their intersection with chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus according to the report.
“I feel that a change in our approach from disease control to disease elimination for a number of diseases, such as TB, is necessary, taking advantage of the 21st century communication system and technology.” he added.